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Fun Brunch Idea

Hey friends,

Last weekend we had some friends + kids over for brunch.  It’s a time of the day that works well for us socially.

I wanted to share something I made up which were a big hit!

TROPICAL FRUIT & DOUGHNUT SKEWERS

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WHAT YOU NEED

Makes 5

1 x pack Strawberries

2 x packs of Ready to Eat Fruit  – I chose Mango, Pineapple & Melon packs from Morrisons

2 x kiwi’s

1 x chocolate ring doughnut

I like using the doughnuts with sprinkles on because they are so colourful

5 x skewers (find in the seasonal ailse with the bbq stuff)

HOW TO MAKE

Cut the fruit into chunks big enough for the skewer to go through without breaking (about 1.5″in)

Skin & slice the kiwi’s (again, not too thinly)

Cut the ring doughnut into 5 slices

Assemble all your fruit & doughnut the same order on each skewer

If you are not a perfectionist like me you could mix your fruit up a little – ooooh.

Serve on a pretty plate.

Enjoy!

I had some fruit left over which I turned into a fruit salad (because I only made 4).

I also had some doughnuts to share which looked amazing on yet another pretty plate.

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These were so easy to make, looked fantastic & tasted wonderful. The kids loved them & I loved how colourful they looked.  Food should look amazing as much as possible I feel!

Thanks for stopping by, come back for 5 on Friday tomorrow!

Blessings

Lizzie XO

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Take a Moment – He is With Us

It’s Monday morning friends!

Time to pause (just for a second or two), reflect, place everything in perspective & move forwards into our day, before the hectic takes over.

Sometimes Monday morning can be the most hectic of all!

Let’s do this together, because we’re family.

Pause
Breathe (in the Holy Spirit)
Focus (on Him/pray)
Give thanks (count your blessings)
Move forwards

Because God wants us to live life to the full.

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It only takes a moment. He is with us. It’s promised.

Until the next time friends
Have a great day!

Lizzie XOXO

Have we met?

Hi! I’m Lizzie,

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A sweet South-Western girl from the UK! Wife & Mama to two gorgeous sweet babes known on here as Sweet Harry & Sweet Bea.

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I live in Somerset the most beautiful county (I think) of the United Kingdom.

If we haven’t met already, HI THERE! The blog is here to encourage you (& me) in this journey called life.

Before you decide to join me on the ride here are some things you might like to know!

– I love coffee, especially Starbucks & Costa. I also think you can’t beat an English cuppa & a digestive!
– I love Jesus, not negotiable.
– I love shopping & trends in home décor, gifting & fashion.
– I love my husband & kids, they are like treasure to me.
– I believe in counting my blessings daily.

Are we friends yet?

Follow on along at lizziesomerset.wordpress.com (soon to be lizziesomerset.com) Exciting times ahead!

Lizzie XOXO

Take a Moment

I’ve wanted for the longest time to have a name & structure for the posts which may seem like complete ramblings to some of you.

We all know where we are when I link up for ‘It’s the Little Things’ or ‘Five on Friday’ & these posts will continue. But when I want to write about something off the cuff, it can come across a bit like the blog has lost its way a little.

Let’s take it back to the bare bones.

The blog is here to encourage, to bring light, to inspire, to share our lives.

In order to do this I’m going to give my mind dumping a bit more of a schedule or format. Because that makes us feel warm & fuzzy inside & allows me to pass on the little gems that pass through my mind!

I’m hoping to put a linky up at some point in the future so all you lovely bloggers can link up your own gems to help or encourage others!!

Titled ‘Take a Moment’. It will be about anything that encourages in some way to pause, reflect, re-group & then move on with our day.

See you next week for that!

In the meantime call by tomorrow for ‘It’s the Little Things’.

See you then!

Lizzie XOXO

Small Joys – FIVE

Hey friends,

I was going to write about something completely different today but I have to interrupt this hiatus to concentrate on just being so thankful for my good health.

I’ve been poorly on & off since January with a Sinus infection that has been particularly persistent!

I’m so thankful that I feel much better today to celebrate my birthday.

A birthday is a good time to reflect & think about the year just past & our achievements. If you’ve been following this little blog you’ll have witnessed some of that change for the better. When I think of where I was last year & how God has brought me on I’m in such a different place.

But as I celebrate I’m reminded of those who are really, really sick. Those in hospital, taken unwell unexpectedly, those who are ill at home & those for who illness is a daily existence. Two years ago I was really unwell myself & having this awful cold really reminded me of that time.

In this life it’s so easy to get wrapped up in how we feel at any given time in our own little lives. It’s sometimes hard to see outside that.

So today I’m going to celebrate my birthday & really feel joy, with my family & those who are important to me & be thankful for them & my health which truly is a gift today.

Here are my beautiful gifts from my beautiful little family!

Until the next time friends.
Have a great day!

Lizzie XOXO

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Five on Friday 14th March 2014 Edition

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Today’s link up is such a sweet one for me. It’s my beautiful sissy’s 30th birthday today!! I can’t quite believe my baby sister is 30!!

So my Five this week are all about Rosie!

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O N E  –  I remember meeting my baby sister for the first time in my Mum’s arms in the hospital. I was 7 years old & I recall feeling very excited that she was a girl. I immediately wanted to mother her. I saw her walk first & have always had a huge protective instinct of her. She was a beautiful baby!

T W O  – Growing up was fun with Rosie, we shared a room until I was in my later teens. She snored quite loudly so I used to throw my teddies at her head to make her turn over. I thought by throwing a soft toy it wouldn’t hurt her, she later told me my Care Bear’s nose used to hit her quite hard. Ha!

T H R E E  – Rosie has had the same group of friends from about age 4 upwards, it’s testament to her personality that she still has those friends today (amongst countless others). She’s loyal, beautiful inside & out, & incredibly caring.

F O U R  – Not many people know that my sis suffers with stomach problems. It’s a hereditary thing that didn’t carry to me or my brother Tom. We have no idea
why Rosie carries it & we don’t. She never complains although she is in pain at times (which is why not a lot of people know). We are so proud of her resilience not to let it stop her live her life to the full. I love her positive outlook on life!!

F I V E  –  Rosie is considered an ‘Outstanding’ Teacher, in regards to Ofsted, her School peers, pupils, family & friends, & yes okay if you must, the world!!! She’s incredibly intelligent but more importantly the hardest working person I know.

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Look at her precious face! Happy birthday Rosie!  Have an amazing 30th birthday filled with fun, friends, family, fizz & I’m hoping for lots of cake for you!!!! (& please forgive me showing these cute pics of you!!).

It’s also my Grampy’s 100th birthday party & my Aunty’s 60th birthday this weekend! Loads of special birthdays we’re privileged to celebrate with all of them & the rest of our lovely family this weekend.

With thanks for my link up hosts, AprilChristina, Darci & Natasha.

Until the next time friends!
Have a great Friday & weekend.

Lizzie xx

A Sweet Birthday in Pictures

A sweet birthday girl deserved sweet birthday celebrations.

Hope you enjoy my small selection from Sweet Bea’s 1st birthday.

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We had a great time celebrating with our nearest & dearest. I’m so happy Katie’s baby friends made it too. I guess she’s not considered a baby anymore though!

Until the next time friends.

Have a great day!
Lizzie xxx

Five on Friday 28th February 2014 Edition

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Hey friends,

I’m back after a mini blogging break, which loosely translates to we’ve all been sick, ex-haus-ted & abit more tired with a cherry on top!!

That doesn’t mean that God hasn’t been good in these tough times, just that it’s been a rubbish couple of weeks! I’ve been blessed by my prayer triplet, mentor, a word of encouragement & a parcel from the USA.  Also I’ve been reminded of the quote ‘this too will pass’ & so it will.

So here goes with my joy-filled Five!!!

ONE – Planning Sweet Bea’s 1st Birthday

It’s so special to plan your baby’s 1st birthday. If you follow me on Pinterest you will see a little board sneaked in for ideas for my gorgeous girl’s special day.

Tissue paper pom-pom’s, a ruffled cake & pink macaroons are in the plan.

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I’ll post pictures next week & we’ll see if it all comes together. Whatever happens I’m so blessed to be celebrating this precious little girl with our friends & family. What a joy she is.

Look how cute her invitations turned out! I used a company called Simply to Impress online & was really pleased with the service. The cards are really good quality.

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With SB’s 1st birthday also brings the end of the baby stage. It’s emotional/we made it!

TWO – Chalk Paint Ercol Chairs

I’m so happy I decided finally to get my Ercol chairs painted with chalk paint! I love the look & Ercol are back on trend. Have a look & let me know what you think.

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The 3 different colours idea came from seeing the styling at Ravenhurst B&B in Cheltenham, their colour way really pops! I really love colour & the colours we chose go so well with our scheme at home.

Farrow & Ball // Lime White // Pavilion Grey // Oval Room Blue

THREE – Spring is on it’s Way

I’m overjoyed to see the first signs of Spring. I’m so over Winter.

Me & Sweet Harry planted some bulbs last year & he’s so excited to see the little shoots coming up.

All around my hometown I see daffodils, primroses & snowdrops & every sighting lifts my heart a little. Yay for Spring!

FOUR – My ‘Geek Chic’ Glasses

I didn’t get on with contacts in the end so after I resigned myself to glasses it took me an AGE to choose a pair.

As soon as I switched optician & walked into Specsavers I was sold on these Gok Wan designer specs. I only really need them for driving but find myself wearing these a lot more than I need to. I have another pair as sunglasses.

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I thought the service was brilliant & was interested to hear GW himself designed their uniforms, good work!

FIVE – Sprinkle of Glitter Motivational Monday

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This gal always hits the mark with her blog posts, I especially enjoy Louise’s Motivational Monday feature. This is the post that spoke to me most this month.

Thanks to my hosts, April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

See you in March friends!

Lizzie XOXO

5 on Friday – 31st January 2014 Edition

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Happy end of January all,

I’m surprised how fast this month has gone! Usually for me Jan is the dullest month, but we’ve had so many ‘firsts’ this month & lots we’ve achieved; so let’s go straight to my 5!

With thanks to April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.

O N E – Lizzie Somerset’s First Guest Post

I was super excited to have been asked by the lovely Karen at 365 Pearls of Wisdom to do a guest post.  My first one ever, take a look at my guest post here Pearl #65!

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We had a mama/blogger dinner date out at my local TableTable & agreed I would speak about anxiety & Post-Natal Anxiety.  It’s an issue that I feel needs to be spoken about so that people who are suffering with it know they’re not alone, & the steps I’ve taken to overcome mine.  I truly hope & pray my story impacts, encourages & goes some way to helping someone else.

T W O – Sweet Bea’s First Tooth

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This has been A LONG TIME COMING!!!!!!!!!!!! Man oh man my sweet, sweet babe has been growing this tooth FOREVER so we are so happy it’s finally popped through.  We’re still up in the night & SB needs to be held A LOT to be kept happy but we are celebrating this milestone & coming back to a love of Calpol.

T H R E E – Sweet Bea Standing Up

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It’s been quite a month for SB! She actually started pulling herself up last month but now she stays stood up & prefers standing to sitting! She follows her big bro in everything she possibly can. It makes such a difference having a sibling to how quickly my second has done things like this, she’s 10 months old. Celebrate good times!

F O U R – Planning our Holidays

There’s just something about the grey days & possibly something to do with all the holiday ads on tv that bring my mind to warmer climes.

I’ve been looking back over our honeymoon pics in St Lucia & wishing I could be whisked away back there but anyway, what I’d really like is to find somewhere abroad maybe a villa with a pool, but I’m also mindful of dangers with pools so it would need to be safe for pre-schoolers/crawlers/nearly walkers!

If anyone knows of anything in a warm country in Europe that is super kid friendly, I’m taking recommendations!! I’m also tentatively interested in a house swap but I’m a newbie to the concept, baby steps.

F I V E – Jesus Calling Devotional

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I’ve spoken about my gift of this devotional HERE & even though I haven’t managed to read it everyday I have read every page, I love that it’s short enough that I can catch up if I get behind with it.  Here’s the one that has spoken to me the most this month.

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I’d love to hear about what you’re up to, how was your Jan? Thinking about holibobs?

Until next time friends

Have a great day!

Lizzie XOXO

Five on Friday – New Year’s Edition

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Hi friends,

Linking up once again with April, Christina, Darci & Natasha.  Thanks ladies!

I thought I would let you all in on my little resolutions & plans for 2014.

O N E – WORRY LESS, BE MORE MINDFUL

If you read my post you will know I have suffered with anxiety, at some points it was really hard going, especially mixed with a bit of Post Natal Anxiety.  I have to admit in those really hard times I have shut myself away from the world.

However, part of my resolve list in 2013 was to focus on my own well-being, being more positive & looking after my body & mind.  Since setting on that road I can honestly say I’ve never felt better.

I was recommended an app called Headspace which you can download for free on your iPhone.  It’s quite amazing how quickly it changed things for me.  I don’t feel the need to use it every day, but it’s there if I need it.

Read more about Headspace & whether it could help you here.

T W O –  GET ON THE FLOOR & PLAY

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What’s the point in being a SAHM if my whole day is spent doing the dishes, cooking, laundry, supermarket shopping & the mundane?

I need to remind myself daily why I stayed home, get down with the kids on the floor, & just have some FUN with them! E V E R Y  D A Y.

The days go by so quickly, & too many have passed without me just being with them, totally focused on just playing, or reading to them.  I need to do this intentionally before they decide not to bother trying anymore.

T H R E E – MOVE BLOG UP A NOTCH

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Redesign, possibly sponsoring another blog, inviting other bloggers to guest post & hosting giveaways may be in this blog’s future!

I’ve been blown away by all the views & support I’ve had since I started blogging in August.

I’ve also got the domain name lizziesomerset.com, so watch out for the switch to self-hosted!

What can I say, it’s exciting stuff being planned in this Somerset ranch for 2014!

F O U R – AN ADVENTURE

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I have no idea yet what this may be!

I’m one for planning our holidays/trips so I feel in control, but since I’ve started practicing Mindfulness/Headspace I’m more open to whatever adventure comes my way.

Maybe it will be a trip with girlfriends, or a blogging conference?! All I know is, when I get to the end of 2014, I will look back & know what that adventure was.

F I V E – READ MY DEVOTIONAL

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For me, nothing is possible without the love & grace of God. If I’m not inline with His plans  then things tend to go awry!

My SIL Deb got me this beautiful devotional called Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for Christmas, so I’m intending use this gift & spend time in His presence every day. (Please also note the beautiful new Filofax which will hopefully keep me more organised! I NEED IT!)

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Finally, can I also just add it’s my Sweet Bea’s TENTH MOTHERSARY TODAY! Oh my goodness, seriously where did the time go!?  She’s just the most adorable, funniest, happiest baby girl in the world! She’s teething, trying to stand all the time & throws most of her food on the floor, but my goodness our life is so much richer for having her. Love you so much my little dink.

Until the next time friends.
Have a great day!

Lizzie xoxo